Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, TTT is on a rewind, meaning we can choose any past topic that takes our fancy!
I haven't been taking part in Top Ten Tuesday for very long, relatively speaking, so going back through all the old topics, I saw quite a few that I thought I'd enjoy doing. In the end, however, I chose to relive a chunk of my childhood and go with the relatively simple: Top Ten Childhood Favourites. If nothing else, it gives me an opportunity to google some tragic book covers from the late 80s/early 90s. (And, let's face it, the early 80s, because my local library growing up was hardly ahead of the times, or even anywhere near them.)
These are all books that I was reading, roughly, as a pre-teen and young teenager. I read a lot of series whilst growing up, so here are just a few choice samples:
1. The Babysitters' Club (series) by Ann. M. Martin
|Kristy and Shannon swoon over the impeccable rhyming of "blue" with "you".|
My first BSC book, and the one I remember the most, was Kristy's Mystery Admirer, as shown above.
2. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
A book that baffled me for years, given all that talk of belts instead of sanitary towels, but one that I loved anyway. I used to borrow the audiobook from the library, and listen to it on my Boots cassette player.
3. Malory Towers (series) by Enid Blyton
I was a massive Enid Blyton fan - everything from The Famous Five to The Secret Seven and the Five Find-Outers, to St. Clares and the Faraway Tree. But Malory Towers, with its tempestuous protagonist Darrell and a cast of broadly sketched but compelling characters, both pupils and teachers, made me desperate for midnight feasts and lacrosse, whatever that might have been. (My brother and I tried, by chucking a tennis ball between two fishing nets, but it's not quite the same.)
4. Sweet Dreams series (various authors)
|If only she knew that glasses were for NERDS.|
5. No. 1 (unknown author, part of the Point series)
Okay, so I remember this book vividly: it was huge, for a YA novel, and bright purple on the front. It concerned a gypsy boy called Terry, who wrote songs and was bullied at school, the bullies themselves, who (I think) end up forming a boy band, and the fight to be number one in the music industry and in the charts. I don't remember who wrote it, but it was a standalone in the "Point" series (who also did Point Horror and Point Romance). If anyone does remember, please enlighten me!
6. Making Out (series) by Katherine Applegate
|Also contained a doctor's lecture to Nina and her blind boyfriend on how to use a condom. Fact.|
7. Sweet Valley High (series) by Francine Pascal
|The scandal of Suzanne, who tried to seduce Robert Redford. I mean, Mr. Collins.|
8. Anastasia Krupnik (series) by Lois Lowry
|The literary character I most resemble.|
9. Point Horror series (various authors)
|Ghosts! Hangings! Dead girls! Woo!|
10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Maybe my favourite book ever as a kid. I thought being a spy was the greatest thing ever. I wished for stealth and a big yellow raincoat. I had to stand for just writing down lots of pointless things in a notebook.
I also noticed that, in recounting these books, I can remember the series' numbers but not the titles themselves. I knew that SVH #11 and SVH #32 were two of my favourites, but I had to google the titles.
I hope you enjoyed that very retro Top Ten Tuesday - leave me your links!